Monthly Archives: August 2014

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill for'

Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill for’

It may have taken nearly a decade, but Sin City is back in theaters. The 2005 original film – directed by Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Frank Miller – brought Miller’s hard-boiled neo-noir graphic novels to stunning life and recruited a laundry list of hot Hollywood talent to boot. However, the cinematic landscape has changed into one that might not so readily embrace a new adventure in the ultra-violent, politically incorrect universe of Miller’s work. Regardless, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is trying its luck against fellow comic book films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This might not be a good idea.

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'Let's Be Cops'

Review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’

Let’s Be Cops desperately wants to be the next Lethal Weapon or Rush Hour. However, while it may not be as memorable as the former or as financially successful as the latter, the film nevertheless puts the tried-and-true buddy cop subgenre (and all its conventions) to use. Despite what the majority of critics are saying (the film is currently sitting at a harsh 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), Let’s Be Cops may be more worthwhile than some moviegoers may think.

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'Lucy'

Review: ‘Lucy’

The central premise of Lucy – that human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity – is, in and of itself, faulty and patently untrue. However, considering that the film in question is a sci-fi action thriller from writer/director Luc Besson (The ProfessionalThe Fifth Element), viewers should expect to a certain suspension of disbelief going on. However, with such an intriguing idea at its core, the question remains whether Lucy takes full advantage of the storytelling potential it holds.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 1 – The Fandom Menace

Most podcasts would settle on a frequency and episode length upfront, but that just wouldn’t be the Crooked Table way. After launching with the raw version of the show with Episode 0, the first true installment of the Crooked Table Podcast sees Robert Yaniz Jr. and Freddy Yaniz get their geek on with some of the summer’s biggest box office hits. This double-length special edition episode includes reviews of Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Reviews of all three can be found here. Continue reading

'Sin City: A Dame to Kill for'

5 Signs that the ‘Sin City’ Sequel Is Coming Too Late

This Friday brings the arrival of Sin City: A Dame to Kill for, the long-awaited follow-up to directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s 2005 adaptation of Miller’s popular Sin City graphic novels. Despite the fact that the first film earned more than $158 million worldwide and critical acclaim, buzz surrounding the sequel’s theatrical debut hasn’t been nearly has enthusiastic as one would expect.

Likely this wouldn’t be the case if the film had been released a few years back, as a quick examination of exactly why audiences aren’t clamoring for more of Miller’s neo-noir universe on the big screen reveals. So, for your reading pleasure, here are 5 reasons why Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is late for a very important date. Continue reading